Dragon’s Milk Origin Toasted Barrel 2024B “Honeybun”


Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Toasted Oak & Honey Barrels

Company: New Holland Spirits

Distillery: New Holland Brewing Company

Release Date: March 2024

Proof: 121.6

Age: NAS (Company website states aged more than 5 years before finishing)

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 25% Malted Barley, 5% Rye

Color: Rose Gold

MSRP: $80 / 750mL (2024)

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Caramel | Sweet cream | Vanilla custard | Apricot | Light honey


Hot crossed buns | Caramel | Dried apricot | Brown sugar | Honey | Punchy throughout


Peppery spice up front | Honey | Caramel | Brown sugar | Sweet ending


Dragon’s Milk Origin Toasted “Honeybun” shows off honey flavors with a fair degree of punchiness.

New Holland Brewing Company has a unique style that permeates throughout their line of whiskeys. This is likely due to the fact that they distill on a prohibition era pot still as opposed to the more common column still and their bourbon has a mashbill that swaps the typical rye and malted barley percentages, with 25% malted barley and only 5% rye. This has resulted in bourbons that have lively flavor profiles with unique summer fruit and citrus notes. Their toasted series takes that one step further, finishing in toasted barrels. For this single barrel release, they also finished in a barrel that previously held honey, making this a triple-barreled bourbon. 2023B, alias “Honeybun” is one of four expressions that will be released at the company’s New Holland Pubs and New Holland Tasting Rooms.

New Holland Spirits has a knack for highlighting tasting notes and nicknaming their single barrel releases. 2023B “Honeybun” lines up with its name and the distillery’s tasting notes very well. Honey weaves its way throughout the sip, along with sweeter notes of caramel, brown sugar, and apricot. Unlike the brand’s Honey Barrel bourbon, Honeybun’s only drawback is its punchiness, which comes out in the palate and transitions to peppery spice at the start of the finish. This creates a slight harshness to the sip, which is perfectly acceptable at 121 proof but keeps the whiskey from reaching greater heights.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick Beiter

April 30, 2024
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